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Nation bids farewell to longest serving Vice President M Hamid Ansari
Speaking at the farewell function in Parliament for M Hamid Ansari on August 9, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that in his (Ansari's) long public life, he had remained free of controversies, stated an official release.

PM Modi, while appreciating Ansari's way of conducting the proceedings of the Rajya Sabha, said that it reflected his skill, patience and intellect, to be able to function as Chairman of the Rajya Sabha for 10 years, where one had to be calm in all situations, the release added.

According to the release, Modi suggested that based on his long experience of running the Rajya Sabha, he (Ansari) should pen down his thoughts on how the functioning of the Upper House can be made more effective.

Modi also recalled Ansari's family's contributions to the public life for generations and remembered Brigadier Usman, who had embraced martyrdom defending the nation in 1948.

However, the official release does not mention Modi's 'left-handed complement' to outgoing Vice-President over his latest controversial remark related to 'sense of insecurity among Muslims in the country'.

M Hamid Ansari (born: 1 April, 1937) has been an ambassador who served as the 12th Vice-President (VP) of India from 2007 until 2017. He has been the first person to be re-elected as Indian VP after Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan in 1957. He is the first VP to serve during the terms of three presidents besides being the longest serving VP.

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